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Costa Moving Ahead; Gets Encouraging Call

For a quiet guy like center Phil Costa, the attention that has surrounded him this week in regards to a few errant shotgun snaps has been undoubtedly uncomfortable for the second-year pro.

If there's one guy that knows not only the position he plays, and the team he plays for, it would be former Cowboys center Andre Gurode. And that's why Gurode took the time to call Costa this week to give him some words of encouragement.

"Yeah, Andre is a great guy. He's helped me a lot," Costa said. "You have to take advantage of a five-time Pro Bowler like that. I've learned a lot of little things from him.

"Yeah, he called me and we talked a little bit."

Costa didn't get into the specifics of his conversation with Gurode, who is now playing in Baltimore, but added that he feels confident about moving forward this week and looking beyond Monday's game with the Redskins in which there was obvious miscommunication between quarterback and center.

"I'm not really wanting to dwell on that," Costa said. "We're taking care of (the snaps) and we'll get that fixed. We're moving on."

And by moving on this week, it's a focus on Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

"He's a really good player," Costa said. "He's very active and has a second and third move. He's got a good motor. They've got a bunch of good guys. We've got our work cut out for us this week."

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